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Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game – At the Center of Ceremony and Identity - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity

Michael J. Zogry


Anetso, a centuries-old Cherokee ball game still played today, is a vigorous, sometimes violent activity that rewards speed, strength, and agility. At the same time, it is the focus of several linked ritual activities. Is it a sport? Is it a religious ritual? Could it possibly be both? Why has it lasted so long, surviving through centuries of upheaval and change? Based on work in the field and in the archives, this book argues that members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation continue to perform selected aspects of their cultural identity by engaging in anetso, itself the hub of an extended ... More

Keywords: anetso, Cherokee, ball game, ritual, game, public display, private performance, cultural identity, Cherokee religious system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833605
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898208_zogry


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Zogry, author